In-Person Workshops

All workshops listed here are in-person and will be taught in our studios on Rhode Island Street.

 

SFCB Covid-19 policies (updated March 2022): All students are required to show proof of vaccination and wear a well-fitting mask (no bandanas or gaiters) for the duration of the workshop

 

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Workshops: In-Person
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Hey you, finicky readers out there! Tired of having to wrestle with your beloved books as you read them? This class is for you. In this workshop, we will take a paperback book and transform it into something more durable and easier to flex and open.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 9:00 PM
Hope Amico

Starting with a simple folded form, we will explore the possibilities of making small books that are easy to photocopy and share. With this framework we will delve into the ideas of introspection and nostalgia and create a small library of work inspired by the current exhibition at SFCB.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 4:30 PM
Dorothy Yuki

Explore the possibilities of making prints from flowers, plants, and other materials found in nature in this two-day workshop.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 4, 2022, 11:00 AM
End: Saturday, June 4, 2022, 4:00 PM
Rea de Guzman

Step up your mixed media techniques with this introductory course to image transfers.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 5:30 PM
Brian Lieske

Working from pre-cut materials students will learn three simple enclosures: Folded Paper Portfolio, Phased Box, & Slipcase.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
Brian Ferrett

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nikki Thompson

This book structure is a dynamic concertina that will wow the viewer. Combining the concertina with ribbons and pamphlets allows for an expanding and collapsing book unlike no other.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 5:00 PM
Tim Svenonius

Learn to make multi-part stencils for illustration and design.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound. In this class students will bind a book employing thick paper as a folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 12:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 4:00 PM
Meri Brin

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Risograph, a marriage of silkscreen and photocopier. In this class you’ll create and edition-print a two color poster.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 5:00 PM
Elaine Chu

Learn how to construct a unique hardcover journal with lay-flat pages - perfect for note-taking or sketching.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, June 27, 2022, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, June 27, 2022, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 21, 2022, 9:30 PM
Billy Ola Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 4:00 PM
Nikki Thompson

Captivate readers with this dynamic structure. A seemingly simple codex – which is actually two accordions attached together – opens delightfully to reveal three hidden rooms when the center page is pulled open.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 15, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking. It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 16, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This is Michael and Dominic’s most popular class, excellent for beginning bookbinders.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair.

Open
Printing, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 23, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 24, 2022, 5:30 PM
Rik Olson

Design, carve, and print your own bookplates!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 23, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 24, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

A great class for beginners, this album can be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 29, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Friday, July 29, 2022, 9:00 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Discover how to dampen paper, use bearers, and finesse rubber-and oil-based inks on Cylinder and Jobbing Platen Presses for better ink coverage and control.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn how to restore your dictionaries, encyclopedias and cookbooks with this extremely robust binding. A perfect class for bookbinders of all levels.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 5:00 PM
Meri Brin

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Risograph, a marriage of silkscreen and photocopier. In this class you’ll create and edition-print a two color poster.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound. In this class students will bind a book employing thick paper as a folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 5, 2022, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 5:00 PM
Thea Sizemore

Go wicked old school - combine everyone's favorite plastic building blocks with the historic art of letterpress printing in this exciting printmaking technique.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of stationery printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 8, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Monday, August 8, 2022, 9:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 14, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn how to make a facsimile of the earliest known codex binding, famous for containing the controversial Gnostic Gospels.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 5:30 PM
Meri Brin

After completing the Introduction to the Risograph Class, you can now work on your own Risograph project. Consider a poster or series of postcards, pamphlet zine or single-page structure.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 15, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 19, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn to make a facsimile of the earliest known decorated European binding.

Open
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 21, 2022, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Now that you've completed the Cylinder Core series, you can become certified on the Jobbing Platen, a true workhorse of the letterpress printing world. Learn the ins-and-outs of this press that's great for large editions.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 20, 2022, 4:00 PM
Ellen Sheffield

Explore the interactive relationship between language and art and complete your own artist book prototype.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 21, 2022, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 21, 2022, 4:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Is your pasta machine taking up too much space in the kitchen? Why not try moving it to your studio instead and learn how to use it for printing small dry-point prints.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 26, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Friday, August 26, 2022, 9:00 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Learn how to properly maintain a hand-fed Cylinder Proof Press as well as how to adjust it so that it prints beautifully.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

Open